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Honoring veterans

SWU dedicates new flag plaza CENTRAL — What began as an effort to place flags at Southern Wesleyan University’s new athletic facilities grew into a tribute to those who have served and More »

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SDPC earns high marks on state’s report card

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County received a score of Excellent, the highest possible rating, on the 2014 South Carolina School Report Card. The district also received a growth rating More »

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Dedicated to Krystal

Southern Wesleyan University students unveiled a bench dedicated to the memory of student Krystal Pearce during a ceremony Oct. 20 on the flag plaza at the university’s Central campus. Pictured, from left More »

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Local veteran, author holds book signing

Emily Wright/Courier Lifelong Pickens resident and World War II veteran Zig Boroughs held a book signing for his latest book, “The 508th Connection,” at Nestfeathers in Pickens on Saturday. The book is More »

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Baptist Easley receives Press Ganey 2014 Beacon of Excellence Award

Baptist Easley perioperative services director Sherry Gravely stands alongside the Beacon of Excellence award display at the recent Press Ganey conference in Orlando, Fla. EASLEY — Baptist Easley has been named a More »

Christmas parades start soon

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

brobinson@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — With Thanksgiving next week, local communities are already planning ahead to the Christmas season, as annual parades are scheduled to begin the following week.

The first parade in the county will be the Clemson Christmas parade, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2. The city will also hold a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Easley will also hold a tree lighting ceremony Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., as well as a celebration featuring music of the season.

The city’s Christmas parade is set for 10 a.m. on Dec. 6, with the route going from the parking lot of Easley First

Honoring veterans

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Top: The Clemson Army ROTC “Fightin’ Tiger Battalion” escorts the United States Flag during dedication ceremonies for the Sheriff National Guard Memorial Flag Plaza at Southern Wesleyan University. Above: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at the dedication, held on Veterans Day last week.

Top: The Clemson Army ROTC “Fightin’ Tiger Battalion” escorts the United States Flag during dedication ceremonies for the Sheriff National Guard Memorial Flag Plaza at Southern Wesleyan University. Above: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at the dedication, held on Veterans Day last week.

SWU dedicates new flag plaza

CENTRAL — What began as an effort to place flags at Southern Wesleyan University’s new athletic facilities grew into a tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in our military.

The plaza, located near the campus entrance, was dedicated on Veterans Day to the late Col. Jimmy D. Sheriff and his widow, Gwen Anne Campbell Sheriff, and to the soldiers and spouses of the S.C. National Guard, Battery C, 2nd Battalion (AW) (SP) 263rd ADA.

Col. Sheriff served in the Clemson “Charlie Battery” from 1959-1977. Col. Sheriff graduated from SWU with an A.B. degree. Also a SWU graduate, Anne is a retired educator who founded the Faith Clayton Family Research Center at Southern

Hamilton asks council for help for animal shelter

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

brobinson@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — Pree Hamilton appeared before Pickens County Council on Monday night to detail the needs of the Pickens County Humane Society.

Hamilton said she hopes to be elected president of the society and suggested several possible locations for a new site

Residents invited to take part in local justice system assessment

PICKENS — Representatives from the National Institute of Corrections are in Pickens County this week at the request of sheriff Rick Clark to conduct a two-day assessment and evaluation of the county’s criminal justice system.

The two-day program, planned for Wednesday and Thursday, is federally funded and does not require local tax dollars, according to a news release from chief deputy Creed Hashe.

On the first day of the evaluation, colleagues from all of the internal entities will come together to analyze the system’s


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